2019 Judging Panel

Kait Hall

Kait Hall originally studied for a Bachelor of Arts (Performance Studies), went on to specialise in the lighting field, and extended her training as a Vari*Lite technician. With a growing reputation for creative design she co-founded Let There Be Light Designs, which, for over two decades has provided creative and technical consultancy.

Whilst the technical side of the industry is an important element of her work, it is her passion for creating beautiful stage aesthetics that has kept Kait in high demand as a freelance designer/operator. Her particular interest in using video, media servers, and theatrical staging elements to create beautiful environments, is now synonymous with her designs.

Kait has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Macau, East Timor, Europe, and the US, as a lighting designer and operator. While she has focused mainly on live music, her work spans all facets of the live production industry, including theatre, comedy, dance, fashion, illusion, corporate events and television. Her clients include Yusef/Cat Stevens, Missy Higgins, Courtney Barnett, Angus and Julia Stone, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Waifs, James Reyne, San Cisco, The White Album, All you Need is Love, and Led Zeppelin Masters.

Kait toured through Singapore and Macau with Cosentino the Grand Illusionist, and lit segments of his high rating TV special “The Elements” that was broadcast throughout Asia. Other broadcast highlights include programming and operation of automated lighting for the AFL Brownlow Medal Awards, the TV Week Logie Awards, the Helpmann Awards and The Voice. With this broad background, Kait brings her clients a technical and creative ability, together with a passion for providing unique and engaging outcomes.

Scott Doyle

Presently the AV Manager at Swinburne University of Technology, Scott is responsible for the AV infrastructure, support and event teams. Staff resources and the annual AV budget has seen a growth of approximately 300 percent in 18 months.
Scott worked at Monash University for over 25 years in the Television, Audiovisual and IT divisions. Scott’s focus at Monash was on enabling the AV Department and their Suppliers Panel by standardising the learning and meeting space solutions, installation processes and delivery, and process compliance.
His position at Monash led to him to join the AETM, where he has been an Executive Officer of the association for the past five years, currently sitting as President.
Scott strongly supports workforce development in both his Swinburne and AETM roles; setting the AVIXA CTS as the minimum achievement for Swinburne staff in their first six months of employment.

Jared Walley

Jared has spent the last 22 years in the AV industry. In Jared’s last roles at avt (previously AMX Australia) he was responsible for servicing the AV Consultant and Integration channel as well as the Education, Corporate and Government sectors in South Australia as Account Manager. Jared was also the Education Relationship Manager for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania and in this capacity supported the Higher Education Sector across these states.

Presently running the AV Engineering team at Deakin University, Jared is responsible for the AV infrastructure across the four campuses, corporate centres and external sites. It is this position which has led him to join the AETM where he is currently sitting as Treasurer.

With a strong focus on sustainable standardisation, Jared is leading the drive to move Deakin University’s entire AV infrastructure onto the enterprise network.

Mike Comiskey

Mike joined AECOM after a term at Brisbane’s Griffith University and time in the professional audio and electronics industries. With nearly 25 years’ professional design experience and a lifelong interest in AV and broadcast, he has designed, installed and maintained AV systems in a variety of environments. He places a particular emphasis on improving reliability, controlling recurrent cost and decreasing complexity for users.

As well as traditional AV, Mike has been involved in the technical production/direction of live video at major events, and live TV and radio outside broadcast production.

He is a member of AVIXA, AES and SMPTE and is involved in the development and implementation of AV standards, including as a task group member on the Display Image Size standard.

Rod Brown

Rod Brown CTS-D, CTS-I retired from AVIXA (formerly InfoComm International) in 2017. During his tenure he delivered InfoComm’s AV education on five continents and worked on the creation of new and updated learning content, for which he provided an international perspective. Rod continues his association with AVIXA as a volunteer instructor and subject matter expert (roles he also undertook prior to his InfoComm employment). He also freelances in the AV industry.

Earlier in his career Rod was well known as a sound and audiovisual communications consultant based in Melbourne, with a broad range of clients in Australia and internationally. The foundation to Rod’s expertise, particularly at a practical level, derives from his extensive experience in broadcast television, live theatre, concerts and cinema exhibition.

A long-term member of the Audio Engineering Society, Rod was a committee member of the Melbourne section for many years, including serving a number of roles organising Australian regional conventions, for which he received the AES Board of Governors Award. Rod is an Honorary Life Governor of Vision Australia, in recognition of his contribution to establishing audio description of theatre performances for the vision impaired.

Zane Au

Zane Au is the Hong Kong office director for Shen Milsom & Wilke and has more than 25 years of experience in the design, installation and operations of multimedia facilities. He graduated with honours from the University of Hong Kong; Since he joined SM&W in the year 2000, he has been responsible for all of SM&W’s projects in Asia, and is in charge of supervising the company’s other Asian offices in Shanghai, Singapore and Beijing.

 

Zane served as a director-at-large for InfoComm International (and then AVIXA) from 2013 to 2017. He is a professional member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). He also holds CTS-D and LEED AP BD+C certifications.

Richard Grenfell

Richard has a long back ground in lighting. As his mother gleefully tells anyone who will listen, his career started at the tender age of six weeks when in a humidicrib, he found a way to reach out and turn the ward’s lights on and off.

Over the years he has worked primarily in production technology for events; including gigs for political prisoners, popes, prime ministers and pop stars. He has been lucky enough to work with moving lights for over 30 years, and in fact has heaps more experience with colour mixing moving lights than a colour filter swatch book.

Nowadays Richard tends to specialise in unusual gigs, and has extended his practice into the disciplines of production design, technical direction, production management, lighting design, show control systems, and animatronics programming. Recent career highlights include animation, wiring, programming, and show control systems for the Myer Christmas windows, and the annual Christmas spectacular at Crown Casino. He has been working on those projects for over 15 years, which either means he is good at this job, or not particularly good at looking for other work. In his spare time, Richard likes finding nemo fish in Fiji.

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